Quite Footsteps is a collection of poetry that explores moral themes relating to political and social change in South Africa. An obscene clamour that the poet sees as eviscerating our country’s humanity becomes the catalyst for an excoriating attack on a time that “renders everything as matters of abuse”, and a passionate demand that we find in ourselves – for ourselves, and in honour of the spirits of the dead – the capacity for the humane. This major work by one of South Africa’s greatest poets will trouble every conscience, even as it revives our faltering hope for a healed nation.
About the Author
Dr Mongane Wally Serote was born in 1944 in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. He went to school in Alexandra, Soweto and Lesotho and later furthered in his education in the United States. He was arrested by the apartheid government under the Terrorism Act in June 1969 and spent nine months in solitary confinement, before being released without charge. He worked for the African National Congress in the Arts and Culture Department, based in Gaborone, Botswana and later London.
After writing for various journals, he published his first anthology, Yakhal’inkomo, in 1972. This was followed by numerous other critically acclaimed works in various literary genres. He received the Ingrid Jonker Award for poetry, and the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. Other accolades with which he has been honoured include Order of Ikhamanga: Silver, the Pablo Nerida Medal, the Medal for 30 Years of Loyal Service to Umkhonto We Sizwe, Statesman of the Year by Black Business Quarterly, English Academy Medal. Dr Mongane Wally Serote is a decorated poet, a revered essayist, an award-winning novelist, a dedicated activist and a renowned humanist.
In 2018, he was named South Africa’s new poet laureate at the South African Literary Awards.